The controversial editor of Breitbart News resigned today amidst a growing controversy regarding remarks Yiannopoulos made about pedophilia.
The British-born Yiannopoulos has been a lightning rod for controversy for some time. Last year Twitter banned him from the site after numerous controversies which culminated in attacks on actress Leslie Jones, some of which were racially tinged. More recently, riots broke out at Berkley after he was scheduled to speak on campus. The left-wing group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) were among the groups protesting.
The latest controversy stems from comments that were made to Joe Rogan and posted to YouTube. In the video, Yiannopoulos said that the term pedophilia should not be applied to activity between adults and teenagers and seems to endorse molestation by Catholic priests. Earlier this week, CPAC disinvited Yiannopoulos from speaking and Simon and Schuster cancelled a book deal due to the comments.
In a statement, Yiannopoulos stated that the decision to resign was made solely by him.